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One Week Since Release – Some Reviews!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Hello, folks.

When it comes to being a romance author in the new millennium, I am a very tiny fish in a gigantic pond. I have been around for some time but have never really “hit.” And I’m still not there. I might never be there. But my goal has always been to build and engage with a base of “true fans.” Folks who honestly connect with my writing and aren’t just buying my books because one happens to be on sale in a bargain newsletter that week. Now, I’m all for bargain eBooks, but some of those newsletters are tough for an author to get into, especially the ones that will really make an impact, even temporarily, on an author’s ability to gain visibility on the electronic storefronts.

You guessed it. I have a tough time getting placements on the most important bargain sites, which is one of the reasons I don’t have sales on my books very often.

Back when I started publishing (as opposed to writing – that came long before), I used to joke with my reader peeps about my “dozen fans.” Those readers on whom I could count to buy a new book come release day. Well, guess what? I have cracked 40. That’s a long way from the 1000 true fans that a creator of content (like writers and musicians) evidently needs to earn a living–but! I have cracked my Faithful Forty! Baby steps, right?

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered GETTING OVER BRETT or bought the book on release day or during this last week, the first week of the book’s release. I hope you’ve read it already. If you have, I hope you enjoyed it. And please tell your friends. Maybe leave a review. Reviews are extremely important to authors in today’s marketplace.

I was lucky enough to be able to build up some Advanced Reader Reviews for GETTING OVER BRETT, and, on Amazon, the book now has over 50 reviews in a week. I am pretty excited about that. Want to hear some reader reactions to the story? Of course you do, or you wouldn’t have read this far (click away now if you’ve just changed your mind).

5 Stars ~ “Loved the book!!! Never give your heart to someone you know is not ready to give you their all. Loved the book!!!”

5 Stars ~ “I absolutely loved this book and story. It caught my attention from the blurb and definitely hooked me right into the story once I started reading. I couldn’t find anything wrong with this book or story at all, that’s how much I enjoyed reading this book.”

5 Stars ~ “There were parts that made me laugh out loud. The ending was the happily ever after that they both wanted. I really enjoyed this book.”

5 Stars ~ “Love all books from Cindy this was my favorite. Really enjoyed the characters and story line. Also loved the cover of the book.”

Thank you! I love the book cover, too.

Quick Links:

iBooks

Kobo

Nook

Google Play

Amazon

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Amazon Down Under!

Or check out the cover, blurb, and read an excerpt here.

 

It’s Release Day for Getting Over Brett!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

You guys, I am thrilled to share that Getting Over Brett is now available on all major eBook retailer sites as well as in print from Barnes and Noble and Amazon! The book has over 50 reviews already on Amazon. That’s the most reviews I’ve ever had on release day. Thank you, readers!

I’ve been sharing the cover a lot lately on my blog, but just in case you’ve missed it…

Getting Over Brett releases April 3rd!

Quick Links:

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Nook

Google Play

Amazon CA

Amazon UK

Amazon Aus

If you read the book and like it, reviews on your retailer site of choice are very much appreciated!

By the way, did you know you can follow me on BookBub and/or Amazon to get notifications of new releases? Just visit your site of choice and make sure to click the Follow button.

Getting Over Brett Print Edition is Popping up in Cyberspace!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

GETTING OVER BRETT, releasing in eBook April 3rd, is already available in print from Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Canadians, the book is showing on Amazon Canada, but don’t buy it yet. An Amazon-Canada edition is coming, and it’ll be cheaper than the print edition from third party sellers currently showing on Amazon Canada. It makes no difference to me as an author, royalty-wise, if you order your print copies from Amazon Canada or a third-party distributor. I’ll still earn the same amount. The difference hits your pocketbook and earns money for the third-party distributor. Fellow Canucks, have no fear, I’ll post the link to the best-value-for-your-Canuck-buck print version of GETTING OVER BRETT as soon as I have it.

Also, here a couple of early reader reviews:

From a reader in Texas:

He was her brother’s best friend, her childhood crush and her first time lover, but he crushed not only her heart, but also her spirit. None other has ever measured up, but she so wanted her happy ever after. Then after those four agonizing years there he was standing in her living room expecting to stay in the spare room for a month! The author has written a clever, sassy, sweet, cute, and surprisingly deep story about childhood longings and major disappointments. I enjoyed every minute spent reading this book and give no spoilers. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy. Most highly recommend.

And a reader in the Pacific Northwest!

Tori + Brett forever says it all. Tori & Brett were so enjoyable as they struggled to define their relationship. Their humor and banter made the story that more enjoyable. Living in the Pacific Northwest makes this more fun to read and relate to. Will continue to enjoy these great books.

Only three weeks to release day! Sign up for my newsletter to get excerpts over the next couple of weeks and also a New Release Alert when the eBook comes out!

 

I’ll post more info as it comes!

Heat Up Your New Year!

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

My buddy, my pal, my lifelong friend, Kate St. James, has a new release! The second edition of A LITTLE WILD, a super-steamy sinsational romance previously published by the now-defunct Samhain Publishing, has been updated and revised for indie re-issue just in time for the new year. The book is in Kindle Unlimited at the moment, so if you have KU, you can read A LITTLE WILD for free.

Check it out!

She wants a little. She’s gonna get a lot.

Tess Sheridan works her tail off hoping to make partner at a prestigious law firm. The hitch? She hasn’t sizzled the sheets with a hot hunk of a man in over a year. Bedroom romps can lead to love, and she can’t afford the distraction. Infusing sensual oomph into her life must come later. Much later.

Then Tess’s best friend dares her to put her fantasies to the test with a gorgeous stranger. Can Tess pamper her inner wild woman and keep her heart in check without risking her career goals?

Bad boy Zach Halliday realizes it’s time to stand on his own outside the family fortune. When it comes to his personal life, though, he’s all about taking pleasure to the max. Like making the most of a steamy encounter with the beautiful strawberry blonde he met in a bar. Oh, yeah.

Discovering she’s the lawyer for his new business has Zach reconsidering…everything. Tess is such a fascinating combination of buttoned-down legal eagle and softhearted woman that he’s swept away. Can he convince her there’s more between their sheets than a little wild action?

Amazon

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Amazon Australia

International? Search your store for “A Little Wild by Kate St. James.”

Easy Last Minute Gifts

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Visit Slingwords for easy last-minute Christmas gifts! Easy to buy, easy to give!

Thank you Joan Reeves for putting it all together!

Listify Life – The Books I’d Want to Live in for Awhile…

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

It’s Week 2 of the #ListifyLife Spring Challenge! I am posting every Tuesday.

The topic this week? The Books I’d Want to Live in for Awhile… My picks, in no particular order but with some degree of rationalization, are:

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When I thought about this topic, I decided to go with the books that most enthralled or otherwise inspired me as a child. The ones I identified with. I didn’t read Gone with the Wind until I was 21 or so, but I chose it as my most “adult” book, because I’d love to stand near Scarlett O’Hara and whack her on the head every once in a while. But I’m getting ahead of my nominations…

My list is missing Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Nice Fat Policeman. I (well, my older sister but I stole them) had 5 or 6 in the Raggedy Ann and Andy series, but the one starring the Nice Fat Policeman really piqued my interest. Who doesn’t want to live the life of a rag doll? I had my own Raggedy Ann and Andy, and I remember declaring to my dad that I would name a kid Andy, which turned out to be his middle name (Andrew). Years later, I actually DID name my first son Andrew, after my dh’s brother, Andy, who passed away at 25 from an asthma attack. But we didn’t actually call our son Andy, because that was Andy’s name. His legal name is Andrew, though.

Hmm, why isn’t Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Nice Fat Policeman on my list then? Quite simply, I ran out of space in the cute graphic box. This is the book I also read to my grade one class, so it stuck in my memory.

Back to my nominations:

  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. This one is simple. I’m Canadian, and so is Anne. Anne is a little quirky and odd and has great friends and great adventures. Plus, I’ve never visited Prince Edward Island. Living in Anne of Green Gables for awhile would give me that chance.
  • Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. Hmm, I seem to have a penchant for stuffed animal stories, but, honestly, stuffed animals come to life? I’m there! Not scary like Chucky. Being a Wednesday’s Child, I always identified with Eeyore, although others might classify me more like a Tigger. But really I want to steal Winnie the Pooh’s honey while he’s stuck in that hole.
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I could have chosen any of the LIW books for this “living in awhile” list, but I didn’t really want to be caught in a long, cold winter and On the Banks of Plum Creek left a lasting impression on me as an 8-year-old finally realizing  actual people actually wrote actual books. That writing books was actually something an actual person might actually get to do some day. This blew me away! I learned to read peeking over my older sister’s shoulder when she was in grade 1 (we didn’t have kindergarten or more than 2 TV channels, and the family lore goes that perhaps I was bored – or a genius; the jury is still out). I was 4, maybe closer to 5 because it would have been in the fall. I learned to read via Dr. Seuss and likely my sister’s grade 1 readers, but our grade 3 teacher read us the LIW books every day. Laura had dark hair and always had to wear pink, like me (honestly, my mother!!) whereas Laura’s sister had blond hair and got to wear blue (like my sister – Mom!!!). Laura had an adventurous life, and she got to live in a sod sorta house in this book. This greatly appealed to my imagination, because until the age of 5 I grew up in a tiny farming community where 95% of the residents were related to each other (but not intermarried – we had scruples), and my grandparents were pioneers. Laura’s dad was a pioneer. One + one = Budding Writer whose first attempt at a novel was a grade three project, a little paper pamphlet book I called “On the Shores of Mable Lake.”
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I doubt this one needs an explanation. I mean, come on, a wardrobe with a magical passage to another world where you get to ride a huge lion? The wardrobe itself is reason enough. I spent an inordinate amount of time as a child trying to figure out what a furniture “wardrobe” was.
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I had some hesitation choosing GWTW because although it’s one of my favorite character reads, it’s set during the U.S. Civil War, which feels like an odd era to want to “live in for awhile.” As a Canadian growing up in a not-very-diversified period of time, GWTW captured my imagination and enthralled my emotions. I wanted to know the characters, to whack them on the head if necessary, to see what it was like to sew a dress from curtains, to learn the history of our neighbors to the south, to find out what grits really tasted like. In other words, the world of GWTW was as different and foreign to me as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I didn’t identify with Scarlett, but she was spoiled and headstrong and fascinating to explore through Margaret Mitchell’s writing….

What books would you choose to Live in for Awhile?